|Student ID Number||28794|
|What is your GPA||3.87|
|What high school do you attend? (CHS or CSHS)||CHS|
|Where have you applied for further education?|
The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
|What is your inteded major/speciality?||Global Relations|
|In 200 words or less please explain why you are choosing this major/specialty|
After my study abroad experience in Argentina, I gained an interest in global relations. My other interests are business, law and political policy. With a global relations major, I could tie all my interests into one.
|1. What are your educational goals? Specifically list your planned major and minor courses of study. What do you plan to do with your education?|
Growing up, I never had any role models in leadership to look up to, mainly because of my Hispanic background. What I viewed as possible for myself was being a cosmetologist. But as I grew older, I was presented with many amazing opportunities through my involvement. My perspective changed because of these. Now, I want to make a difference in my Hispanic community. My educational goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree in global relations at the University of Chicago. I gained an interest in global relations from my study abroad experience in Argentina. I was exposed to a different culture and different social issues, ranging from politics to education to public health.
|What extracurricular activities or events have you participated in during high school?|
I have participated in many extracurricular activities throughout high school. I’ve participated in Student Council and TRIO Upward Bound all 4 years. I was also in the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council sophomore and junior year. In addition, I also had the honor of being the chair of the planning committee for the 3rd Annual Young Women in Leadership Conference. Last, I am in the National Honors Society and I serve as a Junior Coach for the Girls on the Run program at Washington Elementary School.
|3. What is the most impactful experience that you have had as a participant in TRIO Upward Bound?|
The most impactful experience I have had as a participant in the TRIO Upward Bound program was finding out I was accepted to The University of Chicago. I remember the moment I found out I was accepted clearly. I was at work during my break, scrolling down through Twitter, when I saw UChicago’s tweet saying that admission decisions had been posted on the student portfolios. With 6 minutes remaining of my break, I rushed to log into my account. But before I did, I took a deep breath and told myself that I would have to be okay with whatever the decision was. So much anxiety came at that moment. With UChicago being so selective, my hopes of getting accepted were low. When I logged in, the first thing I saw was a status update. The first word I read was “Congratulations.” My heart stopped. I could not believe it. I was so shocked and excited. Tears began to flow through my eyes. This moment I really had not expected, and now everything had changed. Being accepted to this school meant a lot, the recognition of all my hard work, as well as the amount of opportunities I would have attending such a prestigious school, and the change of what I now saw as my future.
|Other than financial, what is the biggest obstacle you face to completing college? What resources will you utilize to help you overcome this obstacle?|
The biggest obstacles I face are a lack of support and the feeling of imposter syndrome. I have not even stepped foot on campus and I'm already doubting my ability to be successful at the University of Chicago. I have found myself questioning if UChicago made a mistake in accepting me. They have a test optional admission option, and I did not submit my test scores because of how low they are. After looking at their average test scores, mentioning mine makes me feel ashamed and wondering if I would have been accepted if they knew how low they are. Even though I know I have a strong work ethic and I've worked hard in all I’ve done, there still comes a sense of feeling like luck was on my side.
|5. What will it mean to you to be the recipient of The Opportunity Fund?|
I’m in a classroom where everyone is deserving of this scholarship. It is a recognition of all the amazing work that we have put into TRIO Upward Bound during the time we have been in the program. This is why being a recipient would mean so much to me. It would be such a great honor and recognition. It would give future students a person to look up to. I would be a part of the legacy that is being built with the foundation of this scholarship. I want to be part of that legacy because TRIO Upward Bound has played such an important part in my life. It is truly the reason why I’m pursuing college success in the first place. Since my freshman year in TRIO Upward Bound, I have taken advantage of all of the opportunities offered. Every event or activity I participated in, I enjoyed and saw growth in myself. Receiving this scholarship would be a recognition of all that TRIO Upward Bound continues to invest in me and what I’ve done throughout to show my desire to be another success story for TRIO.
|6. To what organizations or events have you offered service during high school? What was the most rewarding volunteer experience that you have had, and why?|
I’ve offered service to the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council, Student Council, and Girls On The Run. The most rewarding volunteer experience that I’ve had was volunteering as a Junior Coach for Girls On The Run. I came into the program and saw a lot of shy girls with low self esteem.
|7. How do you plan to fund your post-secondary education? If you have worked during high school describe what you have done.|
The cost of attendance for The University of Chicago is $77,000. Through institutional and federal aid, I’ve received $69,000. This does not include an expected summer work commitment of $2,000 and being offered $3,000 in work study. With my work study job, I will not have the money upfront. Instead, it will be earned during the year. As you can see, I am very close to fully funding my post-secondary education. However, I need a little more support to help reach this goal.